Blackmagic Supercharges the Broadcast Space with Updated 4K Studio Camera

 Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Plus
Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Plus
Blackmagic has announced a pair of new studio cameras.

Almost 10 years ago, Blackmagic disrupted the studio broadcast space with the release of its Studio HD camera. It looked like an iPad with a lens fixed to it, and it sold for under $4,000. A few years later, it changed the game again with its HD2 and 4K Studio models, and dropped the price to under $1,700.

What more could Blackmagic do to democratize broadcast? Hold on to your hats.

Two cameras, affordably priced Blackmagic has announced a pair of new studio cameras, the updated 4K Plus model with a few new features, and the Studio Camera 4K Pro. Both have a carbon fiber, polycarbonate design to keep it lightweight, a 7” viewfinder, and an updated video processor capable of recording ISOs up to 25,600 for dimly lit venues.

The low light performance features gain from -12dB (100 ISO) to +36 dB (25,600 ISO) that can reduce gain and noise while providing full dynamic range of 13.4 stops. Crew strapped productions will also like that the camera can be set either manually, or remotely from a switcher using SDI or Ethernet remote camera control. Meanwhile, the Pro model also comes with 12G-SDI, pro XLR audio, a 10G Ethernet for direct video over IP connection, and a brighter, HDR-based LCD screen.

Both models are designed to use photographic micro four-thirds lenses, and thanks to the active lens mount, those lenses can be adjusted remotely or through the optional tripod handles. Just like the full-sized b4 professional studio rigs.

There are also all the advanced broadcast features including Talkback, Tally, camera control, and built-in color correction, as well as recording Blackmagic RAW files directly to USB, so that there’s no additional need to hook up a live switcher or other additional equipment (saved a tripod).

Studio Camera 4K Plus features:

  • 4K sensor up to 25,600 ISO
  • MFT lens mount
  • HDMI out
  • 7" LCD with sunshade
  • Built-in color correction
  • Recording to USB disks

Studio Camera 4K Pro features:

  • 4K sensor up to 25,600 ISO
  • MFT lens mount
  • HDMI out
  • 7" LCD with sunshade
  • Built-in color correction
  • Recording to USB disks
  • 12G-SDI, professional XLR audio
  • Brighter HDR LCD
  • 5 pin talkback
  • 10G Ethernet IP

Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro
Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro
The price for the 4K Studio Camera Plus is now five hundred dollars lower, at $1,295, while the HDR pro version comes in at $1,795.

It’s great that BMD has made supporting equipment optional, so that content providers on a budget can take full advantage of these features without breaking the bank. It’s sure to give schools, houses of worship, and low-end live video streaming companies a chance to future-proof their content in the years ahead.

In other Blackmagic News, BMD also announced a new update to the Hyperdeck Studio recorder, as well as their Web Presenter 4K streaming decoder.

There are four new HyperDeck Studio recorders, including the HyperDeck Studio HD Mini ($495), HyperDeck Studio HD Plus ($695), HyperDeck Studio HD Pro ($995) and HyperDeck Studio 4K Pro ($1,495).

All four models can be picked up in 3G-SDI, 6G-SDI, or 12G-SDI configurations, and can record broadcast quality in H.264, Apple ProRes, and DNxHD files directly to SD or SSD media via dual media cards for nonstop recording.

Other features include:

  • USB looks like a webcam allowing support for all video software.
  • HDR support into recorded files. 
  • Professional multi-channel digital audio.
  • Built-in timecode and sync generators for ISO recording.
  • Compact models only 1/3rd of a rack unit wide.

Blackmagic Web Presenter 4K
Blackmagic Web Presenter 4K
Lastly, those who are looking to beef up their online live video streams to 4K can now pick up the Blackmagic Web Presenter 4K. This upgraded H.264 hardware encoder provides native Ultra HD resolution streaming for under $700, and supports YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Features include:

  • Supports streaming via Ethernet or tethered phones via USB.
  • Built-in broadcast quality hardware H.264 encoder.
  • Tethers to 5G or 4G phones for mobile remote streaming.
  • Monitoring output includes meters, trend graphs, and SDI technical data.
  • 12G-SDI input with down conversion for any HD or Ultra HD source.

All these new products are shipping now through BlackmagicDesign.com and authorized Blackmagic dealers.     

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I do think that this new camera is intriguiong also as replacement of BMPCC4K since you have not the necessity to use it in the field (as in my own case) BUT it is mandatary to have a controll software with ALL the possibility of use of a BMPCC4K including the possibility of anamorphic shoting and at the moment takung a look at the specs this is unpossible and it's a pity as the more capabilities you have the more usable the camera is as you are not compelled to use them BUT the reverse is not the same....

August 2, 2021 at 3:46AM

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Francesco Bollorino
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Very good points. Like I commented below, I think the best-case scenario for a replacement of the BMPCC4K would be a BMPCC4K Pro, borrowing the internal ND's and moveable screen from the 6K Pro. Despite what some have speculated, there is room for internal ND's on a MFT camera. The AF100 had them.

September 21, 2021 at 2:36PM

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Jeremy Evan Taylor
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Very interesting, especially as I'm now in multi-camera business and use the Atem Minis. There are more typos in this article than I'd care for, which made it difficult to understand in places. Apart from that I really enjoyed reading about how BM are progressing for the better. Thanks

August 6, 2021 at 9:09AM

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pgreasby@gmail.com
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I really hope this means there is a Pocket 4K Pro on the horizon for all of us who are invested in MFT and adapted vintage glass.

September 21, 2021 at 2:30PM, Edited September 21, 2:31PM

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Jeremy Evan Taylor
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